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The Newsletter of 
DIANA RAAB, Ph.D.
 
SEPTEMBER 2014 
 

 
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in bud 
was more painful than the risk 
it took to blossom." 
~ Ana�s Nin 

Dear Friends:

This month Leonard Cohen turns 80. My passions for Cohen's work began in the 1908s while living in Montreal. I have always been inspired by his words and poetry. The July issue of Brain Pickings was dedicated to him and named him one of the most exhilarating creative spirits of the past century.
Here's what he says about creativity and where good songs come from: "If I knew where the good songs came from I would go there more often. It's a mysterious condition. It's much like the life of a Catholic nun. You're married to a mystery." 

I look forward to honoring his birthday on September 14th (see below).


 
REMINISCING  

  

Last month I had the chance to see HAIR: The Musical at The Hollywood Bowl. What an experience, especially since the first time I saw it was in 1967 on Broadway. What I realized most about changing times, is the sense of consciousness and interconnectedness of the 1960s which seems to be missing in so many realms of our lives today. Back then, of course, the anti-war movement united us in a common cause. Today, it seems we are so much more fragmented with so many causes and issues to worry about.  

 

What have you found yourself reminiscing about lately? I would love to hear.

  

PUBLICATION NEWS

"What It Would Be Like to Die." 1-70. September 2014.


READING SUGGESTION


I recently finished reading a great poetry collection, called 
SuperLoop by Nicole Callihan. Far from being a novice poet, this was Callihan's first poetry collection. I found her poems to be charming and alluring. Callihan has the uncanny ability to draw the reader in with her seductive and eloquent voice. The poems are sparse, but rich in thought and universal sentiments. Highly recommended!

  

   

APPEARANCES  

 

September 11th - 8pm.
Ventura Poetry Series. 651 East Main St., Ventura, CA.
Reading from Lust.

September 14th. - 7 pm.
"Dance Me to the End of Love: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen in Words and Music." Ruskin Theater /Library Girl. 
3000 Airport Road, Santa Monica, CA.
Poems and words dedicated to Leonard Cohen in honor of his 80th birthday

September 23rd - 7:30 pm
Cobalt  Cafe
22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA
Reading from Lust. 

Virtual Book Blog Tour - Month of September for Lust.
Check it out:    http://bit.ly/1tI09aA 
 

  

WRITING PROMPT

  

Write about a memorable moment in your adolescence which you recognize as being life-changing.  

 

  

Love, peace and lust,

Diana


P.S. Please send any comments to diana@dianaraab.com.
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